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They Came to Cordura (1959)

 -  Adventure | Drama | History  -  June 1959 (USA)
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An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

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Major Thomas Thorn
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Adelaide Geary
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Sgt. John Chawk
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Lt. William Fowler
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Cpl. Milo Trubee
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Pvt. Andrew Hetherington
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Pvt. Renziehausen
Robert Keith ...
Colonel Rogers
Carlos Romero ...
Arreaga
Jim Bannon ...
Capt. Paltz (as James Bannon)
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Colonel DeRose
Maurice Jara ...
Mexican Federale
Sam Buffington ...
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Arthur Hanson ...
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After a cavalry charge during the 1916 U.S. "war against Pancho Villa," unheroic awards officer Tom Thorn (who is obsessed with the nature of courage) recommends 4 men for the Medal of Honor. He is ordered back to Cordura with them...and prisoner Adelaide Geary, gringo who sheltered the enemy. On the arduous journey, Thorn's heroes show a different face, and Thorn may have one last chance to prove he's no coward. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Slashing Story of a Desert Warrior Who Fought His Way From HELL TO GLORY !


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Dick York suffered a back injury during the filming of this movie and never fully recovered from it. Continuing back problems forced him off of the TV show Bewitched (1964) in 1969 and effectively ended his career. He spent his last years in poverty. See more »

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Major Thorn improperly salutes Colonel DeRose in the opening scene when he dismissed. He should have saluted and held his salute until it was acknowledged. Instead, he lowers his arm even before Colonel Rose acknowledges it. See more »

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Major Thomas Thorn: [to Adelaide] Lady, you're definitely too logical for a woman.
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They Came to Cordura
21 June 2006 | by (Logansport, Ind) – See all my reviews

Take Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, surround them with a core of actors who are still well-known today, add beautiful scenery, tackle a very interesting philosophical question. What's not to like? As it turns out, there's a lot not to like. Coop's role is to portray a world-weary, duty-bound officer, obsessed with heroism. Diappointingly, "wooden" would best describe his take on the role. Hayworth, as tequila-drinking, cigarette-smoking, comforter-of-America's-enemies is, at times, over the top. She's still got the sexy sizzle she's known for, but the sexual tension between her and the men isn't compelling. The supporting members of the cast are supposed to devolve from heroes to louts, but their hand is tipped so early in the movie, that their later actions are expected--not deplored. It's a dark western that would appear to be yin to "The Magnificent Seven"'s yang. Heroes become brutes--brutes become heroes. The later is a lot more entertaining and--a lot more satisfying.


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